New RQ

What is the role of cultural authenticity in indigenous STD? Case of Kapawi Ecolodge and Shiripuno Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

* NOTE: I might broaden my scope to the larger ethnotourism activity in the area (depending on how much information I can acquire from the ecolodges’ websites and from contacting them)


– The Ecuadorian Amazon and its indigenous communities
– What are ecolodges and what ethnotouristic opportunities do they offer? A look at Kapawi Ecolodge or Shiripuno Lodge as an Example (OR Typology of Ethnotourism in Ecuadorian Amazon and the ethnotouristic opportunities available)
– Cultural Authenticity, The Tourist’s Gaze, and the Commodification of Indigenous Cultures
– Effects of Ethnotourism: In what ways do they contribute (or not contribute) to the sustainable development of the communities?
– Discussion
– Conclusion

Literature Review:

Hutchins, F. 2007. Footprints in the Forest: Ecotourism and Altered Meanings in Ecuador’s Upper Amazon. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Maria Victoria Reyes, (2010) “Tourism strategies for “advantaging” the Amazon rainforest region: The Ecuador model”, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 2 Iss: 2, pp.163 – 172

Lemky, Kim M. K. (1992). The Amazon rainforest ecotourism industry of Napo, Ecuador.

Philip L. P. (1995). From culture shock and culture arrogance to culture exchange: Ideas towards sustainable socio-cultural tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 3 (3), pp. 143-154.

Shamans and shams: The discursive effects of ethnotourism in Ecuador. VM Davidov – The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean …, 2010

Stronza, Amanda. (2008) Through a New Mirror: Reflections on Tourism and Identity in the Amazon. Human Organization, 67 (3).


2 Responses to “New RQ”

  1. Janne Liburd says:

    Hi Andrea,
    I would suggest that you rephrase to:
    What is the role of cultural authenticity in indigenous STD. Case of…
    This way you can build literature review around cultural authenticity and STD and then relate to your case study.

  2. Andrea Liamzon says:

    Thank you, Janne! Your suggestion makes a lot of sense.

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